4.27.2012

our move: i need some strong coffee.



I didn't mean to leave you with a cliff hanger about our move! Cross my heart. I just usually aim to keep my posts on point or heaven knows I'll traipse through seventeen stories without trying.

(I do that in real life.)

Once it became clear that this move was happening, I needed a day to deal, too. It all came crashing down in my head...I realized I am going to have to deal with  boxes of emotions. Boxes of saying goodbye to family + friends. Parting with all my pretty things. Returning keys to an apartment that's been the background to a pretty amazing 12 months. And then the box that will be the hardest: hugging my family, leaving my hometown of 25 years and getting on a 17 hour flight to a hot, dusty foreign country.

So for today, I'm simply speaking in statements...and dealing with emotions later. Mostly because any extended typing or talking about the subject is just going to result in tears. And it's Friday morning. Who really needs that?

So here it is: we are moving to Kuwait.

Also, our Kuwaiti apartment has salmon and taupe checkerboard floors.

Pass the coffee. And I won't tell anyone if you add some strong stuff. ;)

31 comments:

  1. so happy for you!! will you be back here before you go? i'd love to see you!

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  2. Big stuff to deal with but I know, with 100% certainty, that you are going to do great! Why, because you make the best out of all situations and, in the process, make all of us out here in blog land wish we could be as awesome & amazing as you! Seriously, I have no doubt that within a month of your move you'll have as all wishing we could live in Kuwait too.

    My heart goes out to you because I know how hard it is to move away from everything & everyone you know. I'm not gonna lie...it's gonna be hard. Probably one of the hardest things you've ever done but you CAN do it. Just think of how you managed to strengthen your relationship with Gabe while he was SO far away. You'll do the same with your friends & family (think goodness for Skype!) and it will make your visits with them that much sweeter.

    Super excited for your new adventures!!

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  3. How exciting!! the salmon floors some pretty :) I completely understand the emotions that come with moving from a place you've known your whole life and leaving family & friends, but I know you'll be fine and luckily in this day and age there's skype & facetime! :)

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  4. Oh Bethany, I can only imagine all the emotions that you are going through. Moving down the street is hard but having to move to a different country is a whole different story. How exciting for you and Gabe though! I pray the whole process is smooth and that you find peace with it all.

    I can't wait to read about all your adventures in Kuwait!

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  5. Congratulations! It'll be an amazing adventure. Saying goodbye isn't easy - but you'll manage it with grace and style.

    I think you need to start planning a trip to Istanbul to buy rugs to cover up the checker-board floor!

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  6. Wait, what? KUWAIT?

    Hold on a second. Why? And also. AWESOME. Seriously. I mean, the saying goodbye to families and hometowns, that is going to be tough. Change and transitioning. That is going to be tough. Being not only away, but a continent away. That is going to be tough. But, amongst all the tough, is going to be life experiences: filled with challenge, growth, stories to be told and yet another opportunity to bring you and your husband closer together. I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU ! And you bet your bottom dollars I'm gunna READ ALL ABOUT IT.

    Cheers, Bethany. I know how scary it must feel (I almost left for South Korea last year to teach English, but then got a crazy job promotion. If I could go back, I would have taken South Korea), but just know that this is a crazy and awesome thing that is happening as the same time ! :)

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  7. Oh my oh my oh my! I completely understand how overwhelming, exciting and scary this must be - all at the same time. I think I need that strong cup of coffee too!

    After reading your posts from your visit to Kuwait, there is no doubt in my mind that you are about to start an incredible new chapter in your life. I can't even begin to imagine how much you will change and grow. I have goosebumps I'm so excited for you!

    I look so much forward to hearing about this new adventure. Moving is never easy, but take it from a gal who has lived three years abroad - it makes coming home just that much sweeter.

    xxxxx,
    Alex

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  8. WOW. I can only imagine the crazy emotions you are feeling. But how exciting to start this next adventure with your husband!!!

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  9. Happy and exciting times for you ;) We'll all still be here - the blessings of the internet ;)

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  10. If you ever need any advice about Middle East living, please don't hesitate to let me know if there's anything I can do! It is going to be very hot and very frustrating at times, but I promise that it will also be so rewarding. And if anyone can make awful tile floors cute, it's definitely you :) xoxo

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  11. Wow! Take the time you need to sort through your emotions. Like Cyndi says, you'll have skype to keep in contact with your family and friends. You'll have Gabe by your side, and I know you'll love your adventure in Kuwait. I can tell you loved it when you posted about your visit before!

    I'm excited for you and Gabe for this opportunity1

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  12. what a crazy move! kuwait! would you ever have thought, just a few years ago??

    i'm excited for you two with this adventure, but i know what you're feeling about being so scared to move away from the family and town you've grown up around for so long. even in our potential move to texas from ny, i tear up when i just start really thinking about it. i guess just spend as much time with them as you can now and take lots of pictures to remember :)

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  13. what a crazy move! kuwait! would you ever have thought, just a few years ago??

    i'm excited for you two with this adventure, but i know what you're feeling about being so scared to move away from the family and town you've grown up around for so long. even in our potential move to texas from ny, i tear up when i just start really thinking about it. i guess just spend as much time with them as you can now and take lots of pictures to remember :)

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  14. Wow - what an adventure! Good luck with all the emotions and challenges of moving. I'm looking forward to reading your posts from your new home in Kuwait! :)

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  15. God's Blessings on your move...remember you are in "Good" hands.

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  16. this is going to be great - in every way... great emotions in every direction, great steps for you and your love... wow!!!
    i wish you all the best for this journey!!!

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  17. I just moved away from Eau Claire for the first time in my 53 years and even though it is not an ocean away it seemed like it, but it was amazingly exciting as I am sure your move will be. Does Kuwait have any idea who is moving in?!?!?!? lol Wishing you all the best Bethany!

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  18. What an AMAZING experience you're going to have!! Congratulations to you and Gabe!

    If you get nervous, or doubt yourself, just think of all the phenomenal stories you'll have as an old lady to tell your grandkids. :-)

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  19. Wow ... how exciting ... all the best to the both of you ! xx

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  20. Your nails are looking mighty fine! And oh yeah, the move! Should I call the Kuwaiti Ikea to let them know you're coming and to put out the cutest things possible? And any twinkley lights they may have? I'm sure Kuwait is big on twinkley lights.

    You're gonna be with your husband! It will be awesome. You've got your list of things to acoomplish and I know you'll do fantastically.

    btw, is your new comment line up there (unicorn getting wings?!!?) is that new? Lalalalove!

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  21. I lived in Kuwait for two years and there is lots I loved about it and still miss. Let me know if you want me to virtually introduce you to people! Also, I can tell you where to get the strong stuff...

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  22. Oh my gosh, that's so scary and exciting!! In 10 years, you'll look back on this fear and laugh at yourself and be so glad that you went through with it. Just make sure your friends and family have a webcam and Skype before you leave ;)

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  23. Wow. That's a move that you can get through as long as you have your best friend and hubby...you can do it. On to more adventures!

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  24. Congratulations on your move, the best of luck to you both. xxx

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  25. I have a friend who lived in Kuwait teaching English. She LOVED it. xxx

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  26. Ha! Love that bit about the unicorn :)

    You'll totally rock it, Bethany. At least you're not going there completely blind. You know a bit of what to expect... And this is just the beginning of the adventure that will be your life together.

    How soon do you leave? Do I have time to send you one last note in Eau Claire?

    xo

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  27. Twenty years ago we moved from our home in Australia to Papua New Guinea - a small trip in hours, a massive move in lifestyle. I had never been overseas before, so the trip involved everything including applying for a passport for the first time. It was scary, and exciting and totally unreal.
    In the following ten years, we moved to another two countries in the Pacific before finally moving home.
    From experience and from other friends who did the same, for each move it will take you about three months to feel like you are actually "settled". And then you thrive - in a different culture, a different climate, a different way of life.
    Enjoy your move - it is truly something that you will look back on with fondness.

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  28. Moving is always a complicated process. But Gabe is now family and home revolves around...family.
    Take your time, shed your tears, pack your things, say your goodbyes. There are adventure and opportunities ahead that you can't even imagine.
    You will be taking all of us along with you. We'll ooh and ahh over the pictures and stories you share. Happy trails and safe landings...

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  29. What an adventure! I admire your honesty in your apprehension. It's refreshing. I look forward to all of your stories in the months (years?) ahead. Just remember: you are embarking on this journey not as one, but as two. Together. That's special.

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  30. wow. this is so exciting! i know it must be a bigggg change filled with both excitement and anxiety. but i'm so glad you all will be together. i can't wait to hear about your adventures across the world!

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